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Debating Neil Gorsuch as Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, plus Democrats’ strategy




Judge Neil Gorsuch delivers brief remarks after being nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to the Supreme Court with his wife Marie Louise Gorshuch.
Judge Neil Gorsuch delivers brief remarks after being nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to the Supreme Court with his wife Marie Louise Gorshuch.
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Speaking to reporters today, President Donald Trump asked US Senators for swift consideration of his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch - and said Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should employ the so-called "nuclear option" if Democrats attempt a filibuster.

As reported by the Associated Press, Democrats signaled they will challenge the choice, insisting that Gorsuch, 49, prove to them he is a mainstream nominee. If confirmed, the Denver-based jurist, currently on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, would be the youngest justice on the court and could be shaping decisions for decades.

Where does the nominee stand on the major Constitutional battles of our time? How should Senators approach the hearings?

With files from the Associated Press.

Guests:

John Yoo, UC Berkeley Professor of Law; former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice (2001-2003), former clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas

Caroline Frederickson, President, American Constitution Society; formerly of the American Civil Liberties Union